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15 hours ago

Fernando Torres on Chelsea exit: 'I needed to feel important'

Diego Lopez explains that Fernando Torres will be more useful to AC Milan than Mario Balotelli - naturally, the ESPN FC crew debate Lopez's stance.

Fernando Torres has insisted he was under no pressure to leave Chelsea last summer and stressed he made a loan move to AC Milan because he "needed to feel important" after a troubled spell at Stamford Bridge.

Torres struggled to make his mark following his 50 million pound move from Liverpool to Chelsea in January 2011, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho less than complimentary about the performances of the Spanish striker throughout last season.

Despite that, Torres has insisted he left Chelsea for his...

 By PA Sport
1 day ago

Didier Drogba is back on top form, says Chelsea defender Gary Cahill

ESPN FC's Craig Burley reacts to Jose Mourinho's constant complaining about Spain's apparent overuse of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has said striker Didier Drogba is back to his best after three goals in his last three games for the Blues.

Stamford Bridge legend Drogba, who returned to the club in the summer, has spent most of his time on the bench following the summer arrival of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.

But an injury to Costa has given the 36-year-old his chance -- and a Champions League penalty in the 6-0 win against Maribor, a header in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United and a goal in the...

 By Mark Worrall
1 day ago

Chelsea's Didier Drogba proves that he can still be a dangerous striker

ESPN FC's Craig Burley reacts to Jose Mourinho's constant complaining about Spain's apparent overuse of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

When Jose Mourinho elected to bring Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge in July, Chelsea supporters reacted with an even mix of joy and concern.

"He's coming because he's one of the best strikers in Europe," proclaimed Mourinho as Drogba signed a one-year contract. "I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he's not protected by history or what he's done for this club previously. He is coming with the mentality to make more history."

Effusive words from the Special One, however...

1 day ago

Vicente del Bosque: Spain will remain 'stubborn' over Chelsea's Diego Costa

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe analyses Diego Costa's first goal in a Spain jersey and the pressure he has been under to produce for La Roja.

Vicente del Bosque says he will be "stubborn" over calling up Diego Costa for international duty, even as Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho continues to blame Spain for the striker's continuing injury issues.

Costa, 26, has missed his club's four most recent games since the international break due to a hamstring issue, although he is expected to return to face Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Saturday. The former Atletico Madrid player was also briefly hospitalised due to a stomach virus during...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
1 day ago

Diego Costa and Ramires to return for Chelsea against QPR - Jose Mourinho

ESPN FC's Craig Burley reacts to Jose Mourinho's constant complaining about Spain's apparent overuse of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho expects Diego Costa and Ramires to be fit to face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Costa, 26, has been sidelined by a long-running hamstring problem in recent weeks -- while he has also suffered from a viral illness -- keeping him out of the Blues' last four matches.

The Spain international, who has hit nine goals in seven Premier League matches since arriving from Atletico Madrid in the summer, has not featured for Chelsea since the 2-0 defeat of Arsenal on Oct 5.

Diego Costa has missed Chelsea's last four matches.

Mourinho,...